Climbs 90
Rocktype Limestone
Altitude 98m a.s.l
Faces N

Richard McHardy on Lime Street Direct (E1), Willersley, 1996 © Gordon Stainforth

Crag features

A good traditional crag with routes up to 40m long (some two pitches). With the exception of the 'Fowleresque' middle section the rock is sound if a little veggie near the top. Stays dry in the rain for some time, but greasy early in the year.! Lots of worthwhile climbs in the VS to E3 range. Classics include Cucumber Groove, Garrotter(both VS 4c), Pothole Wall (VS 4c,5a), Sycamore Flake (VS 4c,4c), Lone Tree Groove (HVS 5a,4b) and Gangue Grooves (HVS 5b). The route of the crag is Lime Street Direct (E1 5c difficult start only, 4c). The best of the few sport routes is Whatta Riot f7b. Low level traverse is fun bouldering.

Approach notes

From Cromford on the A6 turn right for Crich on the B5053. Parking available on the rihgt after passing the canal/mill complex (SK 301572). Cross the road to gain access via a concessionary path (2 min).

Access Advice

The Willersley area is owned by the Arkwright Society. It is essential that climbers do not block gateways with parked cars and that disturbance is keep to a minimum. Access negotiations have been on-going between the BMC and the Arkwright Society, and climbers continue to access the crag. If you are asked to leave, please remain courteous and report the incident to the BMC.

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We've climbed there a few times over the summer with no problems, and quite a few others there too. However we were asked to leave yesterday (Sunday 9th Oct, 2006) by a chap from Cromford Mill (who own the rock with the Arkwright Soc. not Willersley Castle). We think that perhaps climbing is tolerated, but if you are 'reported' (by observant walkers i think in this case) they have to send someone over. Might be wrong. There was no one else climbing which is surprising so maybe they've toughened up?
Alys - 09/Oct/06
went there last night couldn't see any signs and loads of people there climbing. 7/06/06
robin richmond - 08/Jun/06
brilliant crag, don't let the sighns put you off, I have been climibing there a number of times and have not been asked to leave.
Blinder - 17/Mar/05
Went there a couple of weekends ago and no one climbing so assumed access was banned. No sign of recent traffic either.
Duncan Tunstall - 13/Dec/04
Willersley is dream crag for the VS man. Guts Ache Groove is a must along with the other routes mentioned in the revue. Great corner is often dry when all around is wet. But do not venture into the upper garden area at any time of year !
Marcus Tierney - 11/Nov/04
Climbing is not appreciated by the people who own the land, from the Hall opposite they can see the top of the routes. The BMC guidelines are to keep a low profile and not swear. As for the climbing is dangerous signs .... well it is isn't it.
MJS - 05/May/04
I saw there signs as well. Question to rockfax, can you still climb there ?
jon - 04/May/04
There are several signs attached to trees stating that no climbing is to take place on this crag due to safety reasons (as at 20th July 2003). What is the BMC line?
Armchair - 21/Jul/03
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Climbs at this crag

Climb name Grade
 Lime Street Area 
2Strapashintomyf6A+ **5
3GripperE1 6a 18
4GrasperHVS 5b *45
5Close ComfortHVS 5a 11
6Great CornerVS 4c *161
7HangoverE3 6b 3
8ZombieE2 5b **99
9Mighty Like a RoseE5 6a 3
10Haste, Not Tomato PasteE5 6a 8
11Growl Tiger's Last StandE2 5c **124
12GodE1 5b **112
13Sun ChariotE7 6b **1
14Crown of ThornsE4 6a *5
15Lime Street Super DirectE2 6a 10
16Lime Street DirectE1 5c ***232
17Lone Tree EdgeE1 5b *26
18Lone Tree GrooveHVS 5a **158
19Immaculate Deception
E2 6a 6
20Sycamore Flake DirectHVS 5b *16
21Tommy GunE3 5c 1
22Londons BurningE5 6a *3
23Sycamore FlakeVS 4c *77
24White Riot/WhattaE5 6b **8
25SurplombVS 4c *23
26Sparkle in the RainE5 6a 2
27Jericho WallVS 4c 14
28BabylonHVS 5b **40
29Sumerian's WallHVS 5b 2
30False IdolHVS 5b 2
31Lamplighter gullyVS 4c 4
32Aurora BorealisE2 5c *2
33Gethsemane Grooves
VS 4c 18
 Pot Hole Wall Area 
35Last TestamentE3 5c **37
36Wind of ChangeE2 5c *12
37Guts Ache GrooveVS 4c **241
38GuillotineHVS 5a *62
39Chopping BlockE2 6a *3
40GarrotterVS 4c **339
41Halo Left-handHVS 5b 7
42Halo Right-handHVS 5b 2
43BagatelleHVS 5a *14
44TrampE4 6b *1
45Pleasure DomeE2 5c **70
46Send No FlowersE4 6a 1
47ExcavatorHVS 4c *39
48Pothole WallVS 5a ***295
49Gangue GroovesHVS 5b ***220
E3 6a 2
51EuromessE1 5b 17
52Overhanging WallHVS 5a *54
 Boomerang Area 
54PulsatorE3 5c 2
55P.T.O.E2 5c **70
56In the BeginningE5 6a *3
57Diseased MeatE4 6a *3
58ECTE6 6b *** 
59Blessed are the Weak7a+ **61
60Mine is the KingdomE5 6a *7
61The Power And The Glory7c+ **2
62Hallowed be My Name7c **11
63BoomerangE1 5c *69
64Running BlindE4 6a  
65Like No Two MarrowsE4 6a 1
66Cucumber CrackHVS 5a 39
67Cucumber GrooveVS 4c **175
68Cucumber VariantVS 4c *36
69SisyphusE2 5c *23
70AdamantHVS 5a *51
71Constable CrackE1 5b 7
72White Wall CornerHVS 5a *60
73Beyond RecallHVS 5a 9
74Stranglers in the NightVS 4c 9
75Roadside corner
VD 7

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